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  1. I have a transmissive 35mm Kodachrome IT-8 target that I used to calibrate my Coolscan 5000 with VueScan. It made a noticeable difference to the quality of the scans. Alan
  2. I think a wireless trigger is OTT for me. I only have a few hundred 6x6s and I don't suppose I will scan them all. When that's done I will have no further use for the Illumitran and will sell it. I've discovered that I didn't sell all my film cameras after all. I've got two Canon EFs hidden in a cupboard. So I will use the open-shutter-in-the-dark method and fire the Bowens either from one of the EFs or the button on the unit. Alan
  3. I would not object if it raised the overall quality (and the profile) of the collection in the eyes of buyers, who might then be willing to pay a little more for them. Alan
  4. I suppose one thing PA might consider doing is to spend Alamy's profits for the first year on hiring a few experienced editors to cull the Alamy collection. Alan
  5. I think I still have the earlier CSN album (without Y), but although this one was better I never bought it because a friend taped it for me. Alan
  6. Unless the bulk of your collection is, like mine, Kodachrome in which case the scanner's dust removal facility is useless. Alan
  7. Sure, I can do that. I'm scanning at 5250x3500 on a Coolscan 5000 and I get 16-bit TIFFs of around 120MB. Alan
  8. I've been using VueScan for years and I love it. I've never seen the DPI issue you mention Ian, and I've done thousands of scans. I get better results than from Nikon Scan, and before I moved to VueScan I tried SilverFast which I thought was truly awful. VS does absolutely everything I want and is very flexible. I also got an IT8 target for Kodachrome which has improved the quality of KC scans. Alan
  9. I can't justify the cost of a flatbed and I picked up the Illumitran for £0.99 so it was really a no-brainer. As I said, I already have a Coolscan 5000 so I won't be doing any 35mm on it. OK, I had to pay £30 for a 50mm EL-Nikkor but hopefully that will be useful in the future for closeups with the bellows, and maybe I can sell the 75mm Rodenstock that came with the Illumitran anyway. I don't know yet whether the flash still works, though now I have the manual (thanks to "Harry") I can see that I should be able to test it with the Open Flash button. Alan
  10. Thanks for all this Mark. Yes, I have an adapter. I've already used it to try things out when I first bought it. I'm not too worried about the image size because I'm not expecting many of my 6x6s to be anywhere near the quality required for QC so I'm doing it mostly for a digital record plus maybe archival use if any are of historical value (they're all from the 80s). I wish now that I hadn't sold all my film cameras, apart from the pre-war Rolleiflex but that doesn't have a flash connection. Somewhere I have an old set of Cokin filters and I think there may be an ND, so from memory that might be about the right size. Alan
  11. The current thread on slide copying has prompted me to dust off my Illumitran and take another look at setting it up. I bought it 3 or 4 years ago for the specific purpose of digitising my 6x6 slides (I already have a Coolscan 5000 for 35mm), but the Rodenstock 75mm that came with it is too long to cover the whole of a 6x6, so I put it in a cupboard with the intention of finding a shorter focus lens when I could be bothered. The latest discussion prompted me to pick up a 50mm EL-Nikkor on eBay which should do the trick. I've tried to find a manual online for it but without success. Google has links to online manuals but they seem either to be non-functional or to lead to a download that looks decidedly dodgy. I don't suppose any of you Illumichaps have a PDF manual? Because of the likelihood of frying the 5D2's flash circuitry I'm thinking of firing the flash manually while the shutter is open. Trouble is, I've never really worked with flash and I've no idea how to do it manually. Alan
  12. There appear to be some problems with the Alamy website at the moment. Maybe that's causing a hiccup when Tineye tries to access. Alan
  13. November 30 last year I ordered a freezer from Argos. December 30 it was delivered. December 31 I phoned them to say it didn't work. January 13 an engineer arrived to look at it and found a faulty thermostat. January 23 the engineer returned with a new thermostat. It was the wrong one. February 6 he is due to return with the correct one. Over two months since I bought it and I still don't have a working freezer. I'm not holding my breath. Alan
  14. I'll take that as a compliment on my photography, Ian! Alan
  15. Strangely I don't remember his dad at all, though I was around at the time. Alan
  16. Luckily adaptors are not desperately expensive though. If they were, I wouldn't have one! Alan
  17. I'm not sure I can help there, Ian. I have a set of BPM bellows which I bought in the 1970s (and which have a slide holder included) but I've no idea what's on the market these days. Perhaps others can help. You can get Canon mount adaptors, though you won't get auto functions so focus and exposure will have to be done manually. The Illumitran I picked up for a fiver on eBay has the same bellows with a Rodenstock enlarger lens. In theory you could use the 24-105 but because of its size I don't think you would be able to use the slide holder. I would never use my 24-105 in any vertical setup because of zoom creep. I've never actually used my bellows with the 5D2 but if I can find a spare moment today I'll try to take a photo of the setup. The thing about the bellows is that because the lens is physically separate from the camera you can use virtually any lens that's ever been produced. So if you can pick up an old good quality lens cheaply you can leave the whole thing set up while you use your camera elsewhere. Alan
  18. Rather than that I would probably try bellows myself, with a slide holder mounted on the end. No need for a macro lens then, and it can also be done horizontally which makes it a little easier. In fact you could use a good enlarger lens with that setup. This is what the Illumitran does. Alan
  19. JPEG may appear to the naked eye to have similar image quality to RAW, but it's an over-simplification to say it's "as good as". A JPEG has limited tolerance to any post-processing compared to RAW, so you basically have to get it just right in camera. This is why most of us shoot RAW. Alan
  20. I don't think visual literacy has anything to do with it in this case. It's pure insensitivity - the inability to recognise context. Alan
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